Cruz smacked a solo shot in the third inning before delivering a grand slam in the fifth to give his team a lead that they would not relinquish. Cruz has been hot lately, blasting four home runs in his last four games and 10 hits during a six-game hitting streak. He has hit .301/.386/.603 with six home runs and 21 RBI in 73 at-bats.
Broxton allowed a pair of singles with one out, bringing the tying run to the plate with two chances to do some damage. Fortunately, he induced a pair of easy outs to shortstop to end the threat and earn the save.
Broxton has yet to allow a run in four appearances, and has three saves in as many opportunities.
Moustakas started the season off on a sour note but has picked things up lately, recording an extra-base hit in three straight games against the Indians. He has hit .159/.224/.377 in 69 at-bats.
Morton had a 2-1 win after three innings of work, and entered the fifth having allowed just one run. Unfortunately, things came apart in the fifth, as the Reds scored three times, which was good enough to drop Morton to 0-3 on the season.
Morton was ultimately charged with four runs -- three earned -- in six innings of work, allowing four hits and five walks. He struck out four batters, while throwing 59 of 108 pitches for strikes.
Morton has pitched better than his 0-3 record would indicate, but He still has a 4.35 ERA through five starts. He will look to get his first win in his next start, Tuesday in Baltimore.
Perez was 0 for 21 in his previous five games coming into Wednesday's matchup, and outside of the home run, he continued to struggle, striking out three times. He has hit .213/.289/.347 in 75 at-bats.
Simon fell behind early and needed a rally to pick up the win, after allowing a run each in the first and third innings. He calmed down from that point on, ultimately finishing with two runs allowed on four hits, despite walking five in 6 2/3 innings of work. He struck out four, while throwing 69 of 112 pitches for strikes before he was pulled.
Simon is off to an impressive start to the season through four starts, posting a 1.30 ERA in 27 2/3 innings of work. He has 17 strikeouts and nine walks to go with a 3-1 record heading into his next start, Monday against the Cubs.
Kintzler made it through a 40-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, including 17 pitches to a batter. He will likely be eased back into work at first, though he is expected to return to a setup role after opening the season with five shutout innings.
Frieri recorded just one out in his attempt to pick up the save, as the Nationals jumped on him immediately. He allowed a solo home run to leadoff the inning, and then allowed three straight to reach base before he was pulled, following a game-tying double by Jayson Werth.
Frieri was ultimately charged with four runs on three hits and a walk in one-third of an inning, as he saw his ERA rise to 9.35. He has two saves in four chances now, and has given up five home runs in 8 2/3 innings of work.
Gonzalez wasn't particularly sharp this tiome around, though he made it through the first five innings without much damage. He was charged with two runs in the sixth inning, after walking the leadoff hitter and allowing an RBI double. He allowed the two runs while scattering four hits and three walks in his five innings of work, while striking out five and throwing 49 of 83 pitches for strikes.
Manager Matt Williams told MASNSports.com after the start that he decided to pull Gonzalez after five innings as a precaution, though there is little indication this is a serious concern at this point. Assuming he is right, Gonzalez should be able to make his next start Tuesday in Houston.